The Human Factors Team at the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center (CCDC SC) is looking for an entry level Human Factors Engineer, Engineering Psychologist, Sleep Medicine, Operational Research Analyst, Data Scientist, Mechanical/Industrial Engineer or Psychology graduate student or post-doctoral fellow.
The Human Factors Team at CCDC SC provides human factors (HF) and human system integration (HSI) guidance for the development of personal protective clothing and individual equipment, as well as airdrop, shelters and tent systems, food service and other organizational equipment intended for Soldier use. The team also conducts applied military human factors research in the areas of mobility, marksmanship, sleep, comfort, user experience and visual systems.
This position is an internship/fellowship position, meant to assist participants in learning on the job experiential skills. This opportunity would include experiences in independent project design, preparation, execution and reporting on human factors related research and product testing. The focus of this position would be basic and applied research and assessments related to military-Soldier products and missions, providing data-driven recommendations and solutions. Two examples of work areas are:
Development of methodologies for test and evaluation of a headborne integrated display (with heads-up, thermal/night vision, mission information, etc.). Specifically we are looking at measurement of field of view, depth perception, impact to mission performance (such as marksmanship and mobility), impacts to hearing/speech and other potential human performance impacts by these products.
Quantifying the blue-light exposure dose response times and effects on Soldier sleep quality, melatonin, alertness, and performance. Results of this program will be utilized to identify interventions and guidelines that will directly affect Soldier well-being and effectiveness. Prior experience in salivary melatonin and actigraphy data collection and processing techniques are desired, but not required.
This position requires high-quality interpersonal, written and oral communication skills, as well as the enthusiastic ability to interact professionally and participate as a team member. Prior experience in human performance research methods, technical report writing, human factors principles, data analysis and data modeling are desired. Candidates with the appropriate education or skills and who are eager to learn and/or implement the unique HSI/HF techniques associated with the RDT&E of military products intended to optimize user-system effectiveness, safety and interaction and applied research related to these products are encouraged to apply.
Duties will vary depending on projects and the skills of the individual. This is an internship opportunity that can last 6-24 months, with possibilities for transitioning to full time government position. Start dates are flexible, but September/October 2020 is desired. Candidates should be a current or recent graduate from a graduate level program. Candidates must be US Citizens. Rate of pay will be similar to the government pay scale and will depend on level of experience and education. This position is 40 hours per week, with potential opportunities for part time work. Occasional travel and weekend work may be required.
The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center (CCDC Soldier Center) is located at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center in Natick, Massachusetts, under the Army's Combat Capabilities Development Command. Stretching back to 1954, the CCDC Soldier Center's history of support for the Soldier has continued uninterrupted for more than six decades, with a focus on Soldier-related research, development and testing and evaluation efforts. If Soldiers wear it, eat it, sleep under it, or have it airdropped to them in theater, it can be traced back to the CCDC Soldier Center. Made up of a diverse workforce comprised of scientists, engineers, technologists and equipment designers, the CCDC Soldier Center provides a wide range of capabilities to the Soldier, to include field feeding and life support systems, clothing, precision airdrop systems, and ballistic, chemical and laser-protection systems.